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Top TV shows filmed in Malta

Top TV shows filmed in Malta

Malta and its sister islands are home to some iconic settings and all have seen some of the biggest movies and series being filmed right here, which helped put Malta on people’s radar. There appears to be no slowing down in Hollywood’s ongoing love affair with Malta, with more ongoing productions each year.

Hoping to trace the footsteps of some of your favourite series?  This guide will tell you everything you need to know about three of the most popular series that were filmed in Malta.


Sense8 is a critically acclaimed Netflix American science fiction drama created by Hollywood sibling power duo Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski

The series consists of a multinational ensemble cast and portrays eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly discover they share a single consciousness when a supernatural vision puts them in telepathic contact with each other.

Their minds are connected by their mutual ability to connect with one another’s thoughts and actions as well as by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. These eight ordinary people suddenly reborn as “Sensates.” Shot in a total of 11 countries, the second season actually premiered with a Christmas special episode, featuring an opening scene that was shot in Malta, at the Mediterranean Water Tanks in Kalkara.

The water tanks, which form part of the Mediterranean Film Studios, have served over 200 productions, including Captain Phillips, Kon-Tiki, Troy, Swept Away, White Squall, U-571 and Raise the Titanic. The series, which is a brainchild of the Wachowskis, debuted with a 12-episode first season on June 5, 2015, and received critical acclaim not only for its dynamic and often hard-hitting storytelling but also for its sensitive handling of LGBTIQ issues.

Queen of the South

Queen of the South is an American crime drama based on the Spanish television series La Reina del Sur, which tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, played by actress Alice Braga, who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend, who was a member of one of the most successful drug cartels in Mexico, is suddenly murdered.

Teresa teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tricks and tools of the trade and eventually becomes the leader of her very own cartel and one of the world’s wealthiest women.

Scenes from various locations in Malta were featured in the third season of the series. These included Fort St. Elmo, the Valletta Port, the southern town of Senglea as well as the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

The cast and crew had nothing but nice words to say about our beautiful island as a filming location:

The main actress said, “we shot in Malta – which was beautiful. They were talking about choosing specific countries in Europe and then Malta came up. It’s such an interesting story because it’s an island that has been invaded by many different countries.”

Leading executive producer for Queen of the South Natalie Chaidez told Times of Malta, “You have top-notch crews, a great infrastructure of Maltese craftsmen, and you’re close enough to Italy that you can bring in any other people you need.”

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an HBO American fantasy drama based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin and created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss… a television series that quickly became TV’s biggest cultural phenomenon.

Set in the fictional medieval fantasy world, Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series tells the story of two powerful families, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men who are playing a deadly game for control of the Iron Throne.

Can’t get enough of this series and hoping to recreate some of your favourite scenes?  Filming for season one of Game of Thrones took place around Malta and Gozo for 37 days from September to November in 2010.

So if you’re hoping to chase the glory of Game of Thrones around Malta, these are some recognisable landmarks and notable locations that were featured: Verdala Palace, Fort Ricasoli, Mdina Gate and its winding streets, San Anton Palace and Gardens, Manikata and more.